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November - Umatilla Electric Cooperative
Umatilla Electric Cooperative - 750 W. Elm - Hermiston - (541) 567 - 6414
Congratulations to Umatilla Electric Cooperative for your dedication to the Chamber, we appreciate your membership! Here is some info about UEC, from Community Relations Representative, Nate Rivera.
Tell us a little bit about your business
"Umatilla Electric Cooperative serves more than 16,200 accounts on nearly 2,200 miles of power lines in Eastern Oregon's Umatilla, Morrow and Union counties. It is a member-owned business that sells energy and other service to improve the quality of life in the communities that it serves."
How long have you been in business in Hermiston?
"2012 will mark 75 years."
What do you enjoy about your Chamber membership?
"The Hermiston Chamber's willingness to advocate for the needs of Umatilla Electric at the local, regional and state level."
2 or 3 things that you most like about Hermiston
- Community has a can-do attitude.
- We can accomplish anything as a community when we all work together.
- The people and business in our community have a true desire to work every day to make Hermiston a better place to work, live and raise a family.
Which community event do you enjoy the most and why?
"Umatilla County Fair. It gives the citizens of Hermiston a chance to showcase all the great things our community has to offer."
What is your businesses' premier event this year?
"UEC hosts an Annual Meeting every year in April to conduct business related to the Cooperative and to update the membership on our yearly progress."
Prescription savings for Chamber Members
FREE Prescription Drug Card, compliments of Oregon State Chamber of Commerce.
The card attached in the pdf (Click Here) is pre-activated and can be used immediately to save up to 75% on your prescription drugs. A number of additional benefits have also been included below to show our appreciation!
- The FREE Prescription Drug Card is available to EVERYONE.
- The card is accepted at over 56,000 pharmacies nationwide.
- The card is pre-activated and can be used immediately.
- The card can be used to get discounts of up to 75% off most brand name and generic medications, with average savings around 30%.
- All prescriptions processed through the program are confidential. In addition to the Prescription Drug Card, the program offers other discounts on teeth whitening
- supplies, prescription eye glasses, hearing aids and diabetic supplies.
- The program was launched to help the uninsured and underinsured, but EVERYONE is eligible.
- For those with insurance, the card can be used to cover most non-covered medications.
- This program can be used by people who have Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), High Deductible Plans, and Medicare Part D (on non-covered drugs).
- This program has LOWEST PRICE logic to guarantee that you get the best pricing on prescriptions.
Dementia support group now offered at Hermiston Terrace Assisted Living
Hermiston Terrace Assisted Living and Ashley Manor Residential Care Centers welcomes you to participate in our free support group. Please join us If you have been diagnosed with Dementia or are experiencing symptoms of memory loss and confusion and would like to learn more.
Get helpful tips about how to deal with these changes in your life Learn more about Dementia and Alzheimers Syndrome Meet others that are going through the same challenges Support and encourage one another
Enjoy light refreshments Please pass this on or bring a friend
Hermiston Terrace Assisted Living, an Emeritus community, offers a wide range of services. Whether you are looking for a new place to call home without the hassles of daily living or you have a loved one who requires a little extra care, such as dressing, bathing and medication management, Emeritus Senior Living is committed to helping you and your family find the right fit. Ashley Manor Residential Care is not affiliated with Emeritus, and offers Memory Care homes, with private and semi-private rooms available in the Pendleton, Hermiston and Hood River areas.
Call us today or come for a free tour and learn more about the many senior living options and benefits that we have for you or your loved one.
Call today to schedule a free tour and learn more about the options we have to offer. (541) 567-3141 - 980 W. Highland Ave Hermiston, OR
Farm Fair & Trade Show coming soon
Hermiston Agaricultural Research & Extension Center in partnership with Hermiston Chamber of Commerce host a Farm Fair & Trade Show. In it's 38th year, this event makes Oregon, Washington & Idaho pesticide credits available as well as having over 50 exhibitors of products and services of interest to the agricultural community. Starting at 8am Wednesday, November 30th classes and booth exhibits continue until 5pm. Thursday the day begins at 8am and the evening continues with a Farm Fair Banquest at Desert River Inn in McNary. Tickets for this event are available at the Chamber office in the Conference Center building. Friday, December 2nd starts at 8am and is over at noon. Come and see what Eastern Oregon has to offer and be a part of the 38th Annual Farm Fair and Trade Show.
Good Shepherd Community Health Foundation Christmas Spirit Award nominations
Do you know someone who exemplifies the spirit of Christmas by giving of themselves to others all year?
The Good Shepherd Community Health Foundation invites you to nominate that person for our sixteenth annual "Christmas Spirit" award.
Past award recipients have been: 1996 Rev. John Thurlow, 1997 Dennis and Cathy Barnett, 1998 Mel and Bonnie Phillips, 1999 Ric and Karen Sherman, 2000 Pat Wahner, 2001 Bill Whetzler, 2002 Milroy Meyer, 2003 Alice Dyer and Dr. Mark Jones, 2004 Linda Gilleese, Rod and Karen Bragato 2005 Dawn Largé, 2006 Dr. Marvin John and Patty Echols, 2007 Jodene & David Hughes and Dr. John Spomer, 2008 Cliff and Judy Bracher, 2009 Kathie Mallory and Ford Bonney and in 2010 Jim Pursewell and Sandy Hickey.
Nominations may be made by calling the Foundation at 541-667-3405, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by December 10th.
Nomination forms can be found on the Good Shepherd website here: http://www.gshealth.org/foundation/calendar-of-events.html. The form is also attached.
Desert River Inn Celebrates Veterans
Desert River Inn would like to invite all of our guests to come in and take a look at our special presentation to honor all our Veterans. Throughout the month of November, we will be displaying the "White Table".
The "White Table" originated during the Vietnam era. It is meant to represent every branch of the military, and has become a universal sign for all MIA's and POW's. The "White Table" is a small table set for 1 to symbolize one soldier's lonely battle against many. The table is covered with a white cloth to honor a soldier's pure heart.
The single plate on the table holds a lemon slice and grains of salt to represent a captive soldier's bitter fate and the tears of the families waiting for their loved ones. An empty chair is pushed to the table for the missing soldiers who are not here. We lay a black napkin for the sorrow of captivity and turn over a glass for the meal that won't be eaten.
We place a white candle for peace and a red rose in a vase with a red ribbon to symbolize the hope that all of our missing will return some day. Desert River Inn would like to honor and thank all of our country's soldiers for the sacrifices they and their families endure, so that we can all live in a free and safe society.
Also on display will be a Battle Ensign (the name given to a large war flag which is flown on a warship's mast just before going into battle.) A large war ensign was hoisted by warships for ease of identification during naval engagements. The battle ensign is sometimes also flown by U.S. Navy warships as a courtesy when entering or leaving foreign ports.
Desert River Inn - 705 Willamette Avenue, Umatilla (541) 922-1000
Bethlehem Lutheran Christmas Bazaar
The 11th annual Bethlehem Lutheran Preschool Christmas Bazaar will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2011, at 515 SW 7th Street in Hermiston. Open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., local vendors will be displaying a variety of gift ideas, treats, homemade specialities, ready-to-give gifts and much more. Lunch will be available beginning at 11:00 a.m. If you would like to be a vendor, tables are $25 and limited. You can call the church office at 541-567-6811 for more information or to sign up. Please join us in supporting Bethlehem Lutheran Preschool.
Tickets on sale for Festival of Trees
Enjoy a fun evening of tree viewing, wine tasting, dinner, entertainment and a live auction on Saturday, December 3rd at Festival of Trees taking place at the Hermiston Conference Center. Tickets are only $30 each and are available at the Chamber, Head Start and Good Shepherd Administrative Offices. Don't miss Festival of Tree's Family Day on Sunday, December 4th from noon to 4pm. There will be family holiday activities and entertainment. Suggested donation is $5 per family. Proceeds will go to help the programs supported by Soroptimist Club of Hermiston and more. The festival is hosted by Hermiston Kiwanis Breakfast Club and Good Shepherd Community Health Foundation.
Community Fellowship Dinners is looking for volunteers
Community Fellowship Dinners is looking for volunteers to help deliver, serve, clean up, cook and greet at each dinner on Thanksgiving and Christmas at the Senior Center. If you would like to volunteer or have more questions, please contact Lisa at (541) 567-3013 or Laurie at (541) 567-8600.
Festival of Lights seeking help
This a plea to recruit help to get the grounds ready for the grand opening of Festival of Lights. The grand opening will be the day after Thanksgiving. We have made a lot of progress so far but there is still a lot to do and without a little more interest from the community we may not make it. We will also need help all week long on the week of November 14th to get the Christmas tree forest decorated. Call or email 541- 571- 4277 or email@example.com if you would like to help.
Book Your Holiday Party at Desert River Inn
December is sneaking up fast! Our banquet room reservation calendar is filling up fast! Call today to make your reservation for one of our beautifully decorated and spacious banquet rooms!
We also do ON SITE and OFF SITE catering. Let our experienced staff members take care of all the details while you sit back, relax, and enjoy.
Call (541) 922-1000 today!
Dinner & a movie? Look no further than Wildhorse Resort & Casino
Wildhorse Resort and Casino will open their highly anticipated 5 screen cineplex on Friday, November 11, 2011 at 4pm. Two of the five screens at the theatre will be 3D screens.
The "Immortals" and "A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas" will be the first 3D movies to play at Wildhorse along side "Jack and Jill," "Dolphin Tale" and "In Time." Wildhorse anticipates showing "The Twilight Saga- Breaking Dawn Part I," the following week when it is released in the United States.
The majority of movies will have a three to eight week shelf life at Wildhorse. The biggest features will be shown on the largest of the five theatres, seating 279 in a stadium seating configuration. The other seating capacities vary from 140 to 49 seats. The smaller theatres will be used for movies at the end of their run.
Though admission and hours of operation have not been set in stone, Gary E. George, CEO at Wildhorse said tentatively, admission fees will be:
Adult 3D $11.00
Children (under 11) $7.50
Children 3D $9.50
Seniors (55 and Over) $7.50
Seniors 3D $9.50
Matinee Prices (1pm to 6pm) $7.50
Matinee 3D $9.50
Hours of Operation for November 11-17:
Monday through Friday - 3 Shows Approx. 4:00pm-Close
Saturday, Sunday and Holidays - 4 shows Approx. 12:40pm- Close
Over $3.6 Million paid out at Wildhorse in October
During the month of October, 3,796 Wildhorse Resort and Casino guests won jackpots of $500 or more. In total the casino paid out $3,691,836 in jackpots, averaging over $119,091 in jackpot winnings a day.
Of those 3,796 jackpots, 5743 were worth $1,200 or more, 158 were for $2,500 or more, 64 were for $4,000 or more and 6 jackpots in the month of October were worth more than $8,000.
The average daily payout for 2011 is a staggering $102,488.39.
About Wildhorse Resort and Casino:
Wildhorse Resort & Casino is the Pacific Northwest's highest paying casino, with a record $9.3 million slot jackpot. The Resort includes a 24-hour Casino, Hotel, RV Park, 5 restaurants, 18-hole Golf Course and Tribal museum. It is located just off I-84 at Exit 216, four miles east of Pendleton. For more information: 1-800-654-9453 or www.wildhorseresort.com. Wildhorse is owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
"A Very Poplar Run" on the Boardman Tree Farm
A Very Poplar Run is a fundraiser for Hermiston Agape House. Agape House is a Christian outreach organization whose mission is to provide basic services to those in need in the Hermiston and surround areas. The Boardman Tree Farm is 25,000 acres of hybrid poplar trees owned by GreenWood Tree Farm Fund and operated by GreenWood Resources. It is located in Morrow county along Interstate 84. The poplars are also known as Pacific Albus, range in age from 1-14 years old and are neatly planted in rows. The course will begin at the upper Columbia Mill and loop through various ages of trees using tree rows and connecting roads. The running surface is a mixture of packed soils and smooth dirt roads. The race will take place on Saturday, November 19th at 9am. It includes a 5K and 10K and a kids mile. Pre-registration is $15, race day registration is $20. Commemorative t shirts are available for an additional $10 for pre registered runners only. The kids run is free and donations are gladly accepted. For more information about the run please contact Andrew Bourque at firstname.lastname@example.org or (541) 533-7029.
We need a few helpers for two hour time slots on the day of the run. The first time period is from 7 to 9 am for registration. The second is from 8:30 to 10:30am for water stations etc. Interested volunteers can call (541) 571-7293 for more info.
KRISanthemums offering Thanksgiving centerpiece design classes
We will be making a 'Thanksgiving' centerpiece for your table. Container, flowers, natural elements all provided. The class will be held on Tuesday, November 22nd from 6:30-8:30pm at KRIsanthemums studio. Come enjoy making your centerpiece and take it home with you. Call early, limited spaces available. Call Kris at (541) 571-2172.
Umatilla County Fair announces Ambassador Program
The Umatilla County Fair announces a new Ambassador program for 2012.
The Ambassador Program is open to young men and women that live in Umatilla County. Ambassador applicants must be a sophomore, junior or senior in school.
As an Ambassador, applicants must be a resident of Umatilla County and be available to serve as the official host of the Umatilla County Fair August 7th-11th, 2012. Applicant would need to minimize all outside commitments during this period.
Appearances will include, but are not limited to, the following: The Fair is interested in those that are able to commit to service during the year starting January 2012 to December 2012. Activities include contact with local schools, parades at county events, Chamber of Commerce events, and community holiday events and all Umatilla County Fair functions.
While serving in official capacities, your activities and time will be organized by Umatilla County personnel. Ambassadors and their family members will be expected to cooperate with Fair management, staff, coordinators, and designated person in charge of official Fair activities. Official Fair appearances by Ambassadors will be chaperoned.
The Fair will furnish a portion of the clothing required as an Ambassador. The Ambassadors following successful completion of their responsibilities may keep clothing provided by the Fair.
Ambassadors will also be required to assist with the next years Ambassador Competition including recruiting applicants, hosting reception meet and greet at interview.
For more information please call the Fair office 541-567-6121
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